College Football Notes – Dec. 18, 2017

by BoCarter | Posted on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Tommy Nobis, who starred at Texas and was the first player drafted by the expansion Atlanta Falcons in November 1965, passed away in suburban Atlanta Dec. 13. He was 74. Nobis became the key defensive ingredient for Texas’ national championship team in 1963 as a sophomore linebacker for NFF College Hall of Fame head coach Darrell Royal. The 6-2, 230-pound sophomore from San Antonio, Texas, was an exceptional performer in those days of two-platoon football. Working at offensive guard and linebacker, Nobis’ aggressive style left teammates as well as opponents in awe. His line-play proved the catalyst, as Texas swept to a perfect 10-game regular season, and then stopped Navy and Heisman Trophy winner/NFF College Hall of Famer Roger Staubach in the Cotton Bowl 28-7. The national championship belonged to the Longhorns! The following year Texas went 10-1 with a victory over Alabama in the Orange Bowl before finishing 6-4 in 1965. Nobis made All-America in 1964 and 1965 and in the latter year won the Outland Award as the nation’s best interior lineman.
NFF College Hall of Fame Facts
Some notable birthdates in NFF College Hall of Fame annals in the Dec. 18-24 time period are Dec. 18 (1956) Jerry Robinson, San Francisco, Calif.; (1957) Scott Woerner, Baytown, Texas; Dec. 19 (1909) Frank Hoffman, Seattle, Wash.; (1926) Bobby Layne, Santa Anna, Texas; (1961) Reggie White, Chattanooga, Tenn.; (1964) Randall McDaniel, Phoenix, Ariz.; Dec. 20 (1867) Pudge Heffelfinger, Minneapolis, Minn.; (1953) Chet Moeller, Fairmont, Ohio; (1965) Mike Utley, Seattle, Wash.; Dec. 21 (1916) Vic Bottari, Vallejo, Calif.; (1926) Joe Paterno, Brooklyn, N.Y.; (1935) Henley Garney, Elgin, N.D.; (1940) Tom Beck, Chicago, Ill.; (1941) Hal Bedsole, Chicago, Ill.; (1950) Mike Bellotti, Sacramento, Calif.; (1960) George Floyd, Tampa, Fla.; Dec. 22 (1949) Ray Guy, Swainsboro, Ga.; Dec. 23 (1871) Frank Hinkey, Tonawanda, N.Y.; (1892) Gus Welch, Spooner, Wis.; (1924) Dan Devine, Augusta, Wis.; (1935) Paul Hornung, Louisville, Ky.; (1948) Jack Ham, Johnstown, Pa.; Dec. 24 (1871) Charlie Gelber, Hawley, Pa.; (1919) Bill Dudley, Bluefield, Va.; (1924) Frank Broyles, Decatur, Ga.
Notable anniversary death dates for Hall of Famers are Dec. Dec. 19 (1971) Bart Macomber, Woodburn, Ore.; (2012) Larry Morris, Atlanta, Ga.; Dec. 21 (1918) Hobey Baker, Tours, France; Dec. 23 (1948) Gil Dobie, Boston, Mass.; Dec. 24 (1970) Zora Clevenger, Bloomington, Ind.
Happy birthdays to NFF College Hall of Fame members Dec. 18 Jerry Robinson, Scott Woerner, Dec. 19 Randall McDaniel, Dec. 20 Tom Beck, Mike Bellotti, George Floyd, Dec. 22 Ray Guy, Dec. 23 Paul Hornung (a spry 82).
Central Michigan and Wyoming have set a 2026 and ’27 series…Arizona and Northern Arizona have scheduled four future contests with exact game dates to be determined…West Virginia and Indiana are discussing future scheduling in football and men’s basketball…Troy and Washington defenses are the only two units in NCAA FBS without a 50-yard run or pass from scrimmage allowed in 2017…Georgia State won its first bowl bout (second all-time appearance) and set a school record for wins at 7-5 overall after downing 2015 and ’16 Conference USA champ WKU 27-17 in the AutoNation Cure Bowl at Orlando…North Texas was seeking its third 10-win season in 101 years of varsity football before falling to Florida Atlantic in the Conference USA championship tussle and to former Sun Belt Conference rival Troy in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
North Texas athletics provided a $60 game package with ticket, bus transportation and hotel stay for North Texas students attending the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Dec. 16. UNT officials also had remote commencement ceremonies at the team hotel for football student-athletes and all other student spirit and fan groups already in New Orleans on Dec. 15…South Carolina athletics may change the location of a memorial garden planned near Williams-Brice Stadium…The Denver Post penned a story about bowl gifts for student-athletes and their wide variety of various tokens.
Former UCF (recently hired at Nebraska) head coach Scott Frost has earned the 2017 FWAA Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award… New SMU head coach Sonny Dykes will guide the Mustangs in Wednesday’s inaugural Frisco (Texas) Bowl against Louisiana Tech. His late father the famed Spike Dykes had his college head coaching debut for Texas Tech in the 1986 Independence Bowl against Ole Miss…Former Prairie View A&M head coach Willie Simmons is the new coach at Florida A&M. Former NFL standout Bubba McDowell replaced Simmons at PVAM…Billy Napier has been named head coach at Louisiana…Oregon trustees approved a five-year contract for new head coach Mario Cristobal…Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo has received a contract extension through 2022 and higher compensation starting in 2018 …Toledo head coach Jason Candle signed a six-year contract extension through the 2023 season…Brian Johnson is a new offensive assistant coach at Florida, and Nick Savage is the Gators 2018 football strength and conditioning coach…Arizona State defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is leaving the program for health and personal reasons…James Madison gave head coach Mike Houston a 10-year contract addition…Michigan strength and conditioning coach Kevin Tolbert is seeking a new position for the 2018 season…New Oregon State assistant head coach Mike Riley commented on his familiarity with recruiting and the OSU culture on his return to Corvallis…New Mexico State defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani and director of sports performance Don Decker each received a new two-year contract with the Aggies…Rutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill was featured in a recent New Jersey Star-Ledger piece about his comeback from bouts with epilepsy when he was head coach at Minnesota…Southern California passing game coordinator/QB coach Tyson Helton is leaving USC for a new post at Tennessee prior to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl…Texas A&M has hired former North Texas head coach and 2017 Memphis offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey as the Aggies new OC…Troy head coach Neal Brown is 24-0 over the last three seasons when the Trojans had leads going into the fourth quarter…UCLA tabbed former Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads as defensive backs coach…Former UCLA assistant coaches Scott White and Demetrius Martin have left the staff for their new 2018 coaching assignments…Incarnate Word (Texas) athletics denied hints of possible interviews with former Houston and Baylor head coach Art Briles for the UIW head coaching vacancy…UNLV defensive coordinator Kent Baer and safeties coach Andy LaRussa will be seeking new coaching positions for 2018…Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia spoke about Sun Belt Conference expansion, its 2018 football championship and recruiting in a Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier feature…Colorado State defensive coordinator Marty English has retired…East Tennessee State is expected to hire Randy Sanders as head coach this week…Sports super agent Jimmy Sexton was lauded for his contract negotiations for new head coaches Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M and Willie Taggart at Florida State along with existing power clients such as Alabama’s Nick Saban…Kent State has intensified its search for a new head coach…Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard appears to be a candidate for some high-profile head coaching positions and has indicated a propensity for listening to offers…Alabama has added former UTSA defensive coordinator Pete Golding hired as a defensive assistant…Arizona State named Rob Likens offensive coordinator…East Carolina has rehired former assistant coach Kirk Doll as special teams coordinator…Florida tabbed Charlton Warren as defensive backs coach…Missouri added Brad Davis as offensive line coach. Former UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch also interviewed on campus for a position…Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch may be going to Ohio State in the 10th fulltime coaching position for 2018. OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson denied he is retiring…Texas Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs has inked a multi-year contract…Former Arkansas linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves has joined the Missouri staff in the same capacity…BYU added veteran assistant coach Jeff Grimes to its 2018 staff…Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo officially signed his three-year contract extension through 2022…Florida State added former Oregon State running backs coach Telly Lockette to its coaching lineup…Memphis named Cordova (Tenn.) High School coach Anthony Jones assistant coach…Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck received a one-year contract addition…Former Ole Miss football staff member Barney Farrar is headed to Jones County (Miss.) Junior College.
Hometowns of more 2017 college head coaches – Penn State: James Franklin, Langhorne, Pa.; Portland State: Bruce Barnum, Vancouver, Wash.; Presbyterian: Tommy Spangler, Athens, Ga.; Prairie View A&M: Bubba McDowell, Fort Gaines, Ga.; Princeton: Bob Surace, Harrisburg, Pa.
Colorado State extended the contract of director of athletics Joe Parker for five years with salary updates as well… Texas Tech AD and College Football Playoff selection committee chair Kirby Hocutt received a raise and contract extension through 2025…New TCU AD Jeremiah Donati spoke of his solid relationship with Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson and other key coaches… New Virginia AD Carla Williams’ leadership qualities were lauded in her early weeks at UVa after starring in women’s basketball as a student-athlete and later athletic’ administrator at Georgia…The Dallas Morning News ran an introductory feature on new Texas AD Chris Del Conte. Del Conte also thanked TCU administrators and fans for their assistance during his tenure as AD at TCU in a full-page advertisement in the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram…
The Tulsa World newspaper conducted an extensive Q&A with Tulsa AD Derrick Gragg about the future of Golden Hurricane athletics…Former California senior associate AD/COO Chris Pezman has accepted the Houston AD’s opening. Cal president Dr. Carol Christ discussed budget concerns and the current Pac-12 model in a recent interview…Former Chattanooga associate AD Rob Robinson has been named chief financial officer for New Mexico athletics…South Carolina dietician Kristin Coggin was featured in a recent account of new and nutritious eating habits for Gamecock student-athletes.
The 2017-18 bowl schedule continues this week with (all airtimes EST) Tuesday, Dec. 19, Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, Boca Raton, Fla., Akron vs. Florida Atlantic, ESPN, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 20, DXL Frisco Bowl, Frisco, Texas, Louisiana Tech vs. SMU, ESPN, 8 p.m.; Dec. 21 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, St. Petersburg, Fla., FIU vs. Temple, ESPN, 8 p.m.; Dec. 22 Bahamas Bowl, Ohio vs. UAB, Nassau, Bahamas, ESPN, 12:30 p.m.; Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Central Michigan vs. Wyoming, ESPN, 4 p.m.; Dec. 23 Birmingham Bowl, Birmingham, Ala., Texas Tech vs. USF, ESPN, noon; Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, Army West Point vs. San Diego State, ESPN, 3:30 p.m.; Dollar General Bowl, Mobile, Ala., Appalachian State vs. Toledo, ESPN, 7 p.m.; Dec. 24 Hawai’i Bowl, Honolulu, Houston vs. Fresno State, ESPN, 8:30 p.m.; Dec. 26 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dallas Cotton Bowl Stadium, Utah vs. West Virginia, ESPN, 1:30 p.m.; Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit, Duke vs. Northern Illinois, ESPN, 5:15 p.m.; Cactus Bowl, Phoenix Chase Field, Kansas State vs. UCLA, ESPN, 9 p.m…Bowl game tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets, online via Ticketmaster or through competing schools’ official websites…The Las Vegas Bowl was highlighted for its use of key women administrators throughout its history…Wright Waters, executive director of the College Bowl Association, was featured in a Kansas City Star story about teams finishing the season on positive notes with bowl triumphs…Music City Bowl executive director Scott Ramsey was feted as the ninth-best compensated bowl executive among the FBS postseason administrators.
The Sun Belt Conference (2-1) and Conference USA (2-2) has taken the early lead in the conference vs. conference competition for bowl victories through postseason games of Monday, Dec. 18, with a composite mark…The Salt Lake Tribune reviewed BYU’s current status as an FBS independent and how to align with Power Five conferences…Idaho football officially rejoined the NCAA FCS Big Sky Conference starting with 2018 football.
NFL commissioner and longtime NFF supporter Roger Goddell received a five-year contract extension and new compensation agreement.
QB Luis Perez of Texas A&M-Commerce won the coveted 2017 Harlon Hill Award and led the Lions to last Saturday’s NCAA Division II championship encounter with West Florida. Slippery Rock DL Marcus Martin finished third in the Harlon Hill voting for the highest finish by a defensive lineman in the award’s 32-year history…Texas A&M’s first 2018 recruit under new head coach Jimbo Fisher is Five Star junior college TE Jace Sternberger…Members of the 2017 Southeastern Conference Football Community Service team are NFF National Scholar-Athlete Tommy Openshaw of Vanderbilt, Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, Arkansas offensive lineman Frank Ragnow, Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson, Florida punter Johnny Townsend, Georgia safety Aaron Davis, Kentucky defensive lineman Jacob Hyde, LSU fullback John David Moore, Ole Miss offensive lineman Javon Patterson, Mississippi State receiver Gabe Myles, Missouri cornerback Anthony Hines, South Carolina linebacker Spencer Eason-Riddle, Tennessee defensive lineman Kyle Phillips, and Texas A&M offensive lineman Koda Martin…Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb is following in a 93-year tradition of VU invitees to the East-West Shrine Game as an invited player for the East squad in 2018…Washington State 2017 wideouts Tavares Martin Jr. and Drew Loftus will play at new schools in ‘18 after transfer procedures…Darrian McMillian of Mobile (Ala.) and Butler (Kan.) Community College has become one of the early junior college commitments for North Texas…Former Utah transfer QB and current Georgia State standout Conner Manning does not lay claim to being related to the famed NFF chairman Archie Manning and his family but led GSU to a school-best 7-5 mark in 2017…Louisville RB Jeremy Smith is transferring to another program after missing most of 2017 with injuries…Wisconsin LB Jack Cichy will enter the 2018 NFL draft and pass up a NCAA appeal for a sixth year of hardship eligibility…Iowa safety Brandon Snyder may miss the New Era Pinstripe Bowl after a recent suspension…Army has cleared all personal relationship allegations for QB Ahmad Bradshaw who is preparing to face San Diego State in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Saturday…Duke punter/kicker Austin Parker will not be eligible for the Blue Devils 2017 bowl appearance…Texas A&M DL Zaycoven Henderson is seeking reinstatement to the squad for 2017 postseason and 2018 spring practice…Augusta (Ga.) Union HS five-star James Mitchell said he will sign with Virginia Tech Dec. 20…Several other schools are looking for major hauls of 2018 high school recruits with the inaugural Dec. 20-23 early National Letter-of-Intent signing period. rates the five highest possible recruiting classes prior to Wednesday’s first day as Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, and Oklahoma.
SMU has received funding for its new indoor football practice facility and will have groundbreaking in March 2018…Arkansas athletics continues to make staff and budget adjustments with the hiring of head coach Chad Morris and the new football group…Wisconsin will open new seating areas for season and individual ticket holders for 2017-18 Olympic sports…The NFL and Verizon have signed a five-year broadcasting and marketing agreement…Oklahoma State athletics now is allowing malt beverages at all its home games…Tennessee athletics directed ample funding toward the search for new head coach Jeremy Pruitt, according to a state financial report…Arkansas’ new athletics’ administration is looking again at possible renovations at historic Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has gone on the record favoring continued UA football contests at Memorial Stadium…Ohio State athletics is working to repair a faulty smoke alarm that interrupted a men’s basketball game and offices last Sunday…Cincinnati athletics has its Fifth Third Arena on pace to reopen in November 2018 or possibly earlier for volleyball matches…Texas A&M has placed strong emphasis on facilities in its 2018 recruiting pitches.
The Disney Co. has tendered an offer to purchase Fox Sports regional networks and various FOX entertainment affiliates for $54 billion…Nebraska ETV is running a multi-part special entitled “The Legacy of Tom Osborne” about the 1973-97 Nebraska head coach and NFF College Hall of Fame member…It is a 90-minute interview with him spanning his life. He actually earlier interviewed with Texas Tech as an assistant coach and almost accepted the offer. This also allowed then-Nebraska retiring head coach and NFF College Hall of Famer Bob Devaney to designate Dr. Osborne as NU mentor after the 1972 season…PRIMESPORT has renewed its media contract with the NFF…ESPN and the ABC family of sports networks are airing 37 of the 41 bowl games during the 2017-18 FBS postseason period…South Carolina beat writer Greg Hadley of the Columbia State penned a solid story on the origin of women’s athletics and Gamecocks NCAA success in several sports under AD Ray Tanner and deputy AD Charles Bloom…Corey Clark penned his last column with the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat on Dec. 9 and has become the senior writer for the Florida State athletics website.
Mount Union (Ohio) blanked Mary Hardin-Baylor 12-0 last Friday for its 13th NCAA Division III football crown…Texas A&M-Commerce captured its initial NCAA Division II title last Saturday 37-27 over West Florida. It was the first DII title for a team from the Lone Star Conference since Southwest Texas State (now FBS Texas State) nabbed championships in both 1981 and ’82 under late coaching legend Jim Wacker…St. Francis (Ind.) won the 62nd annual NAIA Championship played last Saturday night in Daytona Beach, Fla., over Reinhardt 24-13. It was a back-to-back showing for the Red Flash….The finalists have been set for the NCAA Division I Football Championship at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, as North Dakota State will face James Madison on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Frisco, Texas…FWAA executive director Steve Richardson was continuing his travels with various awards’ ceremonies and getting set for the College Football Playoff semifinals Jan. 1, 2018.…Bill Powers of Hawai’i Pacific, Danny Kambel of Pacific (Ore.) Reagan Ratcliff of Dallas Baptist, and Will Roleson of CoSIDA have been highlighted in recent CoSIDA Open Forum discussions. Kambel has set up a Skype system to discuss the athletics media relations profession with younger aspirants…Ole Miss has filed the first stage of its formal appeal for NCAA football sanctions.
Correspondent/Columnist Bo Carter recalls his 30-year anniversary of covering college football and basketball daily in Texas since he joined the Southwest Conference in 1986-87 and later with the Big 12 Conference, and here are some of his recollections:
1989-90 Southwest Conference Men’s Basketball – Arkansas under head coach Nolan Richardson again rolled to the SWC tournament title with a 96-84 upscale victory over Houston and advanced all the way to the Final Four with a 30-5 record behind tourney MVP Todd Day. The runnerup Cougars and Texas earned NCAA at-large bids as UNLV eventually took the NCAA DI title at Denver, Colo.
2017-18 College Football Playoff Bowl Schedule with New Year’s six
(All Games Televised by ESPN, All Times EST)
Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual – Pasadena, Calif., Rose Bowl Stadium, Georgia vs. Oklahoma, 4 p.m.
Allstate Sugar Bowl – New Orleans, La. – Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, Alabama vs. Clemson, 7:45 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 8 – CFP National Championship, Atlanta, Ga., 8 p.m.
Dec. 29-30, 2017 (Other New Year’s Six Bowls)
Friday, Dec. 29 – Goodyear Cotton Bowl – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, Ohio State vs. Southern California, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 30
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Penn State vs. Washington, Phoenix, Ariz., 4 p.m.
Capital One Orange Bowl – Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Lakes, Fla., Miami (Fla.) vs. Wisconsin, 8 p.m.
Jan. 1, 2018
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga., Auburn vs, UCF, 12:30 p.m.

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